Students at Annunciation Catholic School participate in various assessments which give our teachers information regarding student’s developmental level, to identify areas of relative strength and weakness, and to monitor growth from year to year.  This testing program consists of the following assessments:  

  • NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)  (grades 2 - 8)
  • NWEA Primary Measures of Academic Progress (grades K & 1)
  • AIMSWeb (grades K-2)
  • OLSAT – Cognitive Abilities Test (grades 4-8)
  • NWEA Measures of Academic Progress and Primary Measures of Academic Success  

MAP

The NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) test is a tool for students in grades K-8. The Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level.

These assessments are administered three times per year.  They are used to measure growth, inform instruction and assess strategy.  This adaptive test asks students between 39 - 52 questions and on average, each part (math and reading) takes students 45 minutes to complete.  These tests adapt to the student's achievement level and are not timed.

We look forward to partnering with our parents to help each student achieve at their highest level. These tools, along with our conference time, will help us as we continue to strive to meet each student’s learning needs and help them reach their fullest potential.

OLSAT

The OLSAT assesses a student's cognitive (e.g., verbal, nonverbal and quantitative) abilities that relate to his or her academic success providing educators with information that enhances insights gained from achievement tests (such as MAP).
 

AIMSWEB

Aimsweb is used for universal screening and progress monitoring. This brief assessment measures overall performance of key foundational skills at each grade level.  The assessments provide an accurate prediction of reading and math achievement as well  as growth predictions.

GENERAL STRATEGIES TO HELP YOU ON THE MAP TESTS

1.  READ THE ENTIRE QUESTION

It is very important that you take the time to read the entire question. If you don’t, you may miss important information and misunderstand the question

2. READ ALL OF THE ANSWER CHOICES

Just as it is important to read the entire test question, it is also important to read and carefully consider all of the answer choices. Remember that for each question, you are looking for the BEST answer. If you do not read all of the answers, you may pick a possible answer, but not the BEST answer.

3. TRY EVERY ANSWER.

Try out every answer. By considering each answer, you can be more certain that you choose the BEST answer. The first answer may sound good, but another choice may be a better answer.

4. PROCESS OF ELIMINATION

If you don’t know the answer to a question, eliminate any answers that you know are incorrect. Doing this will help you narrow down your choices. The fewer choices left mean a better chance of answering the question correctly. Answering even two or three more questions correctly could mean the difference passing or not passing the test.

5. GUESSING

Guessing should not be the first strategy you try. You should only guess after you have tried other strategies. By reading the question carefully, you may be able to eliminate one or two of the choices. Make your best guess by choosing the answer that makes the most sense to you.

6. CHECK YOUR WORK

Make sure you have answered every question. Never leave an answer bubble blank. Make sure you have chosen only one answer for each question. Also, erase any stray marks on the page.

7. USE YOUR TOOLS

If your teacher has had you practice using a highlighter on regular tests, you may use one on the SOL tests. Some students also use an index card to mark their place while reading or keep their place on the answer document. Use whatever tools are available to you during the test.